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to the war zone and shedding older planes to make way future new ones. with nearly 555 aircraft the u.s. air force is getting older and smaller and a time when its missions are expanding. general schwartz, welcome to the show. >> good morning. >> so let's start off >>> so let's start off with combat operations in iraq. they've been going down with great fanfare this week and afghanistan the operation is increasing. historically, the air force has gotten busier what is the load and the pace on the air force right now? >> we will have about 6,000 or so people less in iraq. and we have come down about 9,000 in afghanistan. and we have increased our presentation at the about the thousand plus level. so we've had a balance. weave cocome down in iraq and we've come up some in afghanistan. and the tempo is about the same. with respect to iraq, the primary purpose for our involvement going forward will be to offer protection to the 50,000 or so u.s. forces which remain to offer support to our iraqi allies and very importantly to offer the training for our partner and iraqi air force that we're worki
condition is the u.s. long range strike system -- what is the condition of that system? >> to tell you the truth, the top of our report is about sustaining our strategic advantage in long range strike for the next 30 years. the fact of the matter is we have some aging systems that are increasingly less capable against the kinds of defenses that we see our military competitors developing. >> for example? >> for example, we have about 162 bombers, about 140 of those are what we call combat coded, able to go to war. of those, only about 12 or 13 of our b-2's are ready at any given oint to penetrate air defenses. those b-2's plus handful of cruise missiles and standsoff weapons constitute what this nation has for striking deep into adversary countries -- that are fielding some pretty advanced integrated air defense systems. >> most of our fascination is with short range systems, obviously joint strike fighter is the leading program the military will be buying to revitalize the tack tactical air forces. what forces will the future need for the future? >> we think csba has a number of people
of the second world war. and the fact that the u.s. army deems it a threat, enough to vaccinate all u.s. troops who are deployed into the arenas of war, i think it's a very real threat. and absolutely out of all the arsenals of biological weapons, it's the most effective because it's hardy resistance. it's a real threat and billions of dollars are spent on coming up with defenses against anthrax. >> despite the amount of spending to date, are we any safer today? and how easy is it for a group to make anthrax and deploy it? >> the paradox of the whole situation is that in the effort to combat possible use of anthrax by a terrorist organization, we've seen an enormous expansion and proliferation of laboratories and personnel who are allowed to work with these so called select agents of which anthrax is one of them. and as security has been lax and oversight has seen accidents and mistakes and lack of event controls, what you have is a real life situation that is far less safe than i think we were a few years ago. and as the government activities proliferate, the chance that terrorists or someone
growth of the kind that we're all used to in the commercial economy, so that we can continue to offer the same program that we promised the taxpayer for the money the taxpayer can afford to provide us. so every program we're looking for a consistent effort at reducing unnecessary costs. >> and each stage. let's go first to services. most people don't recognize half of what you spend on contractually every year of the $412 billion, 212 of that is services. what are some. things you're got to do better on services and which areas of services you have to do better? >> you're absolutely right. most people think of weapons buying and defense buying, ships, tanks, planes -- half of our spend, 200 of the 400, per year goes to services, and i'll give you some of the things that we know we don't do enough of. we have a large number of services, contracts rewarded non-competitively. and we know that competition needs to better results and services, and there are a number of reasons some mundane dane why we sometimes don't leave time for competition, and so forth some we can increase that. level
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